Kaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 27 Posted (9 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 18659 times:
Aircraft Registration: G-VROC Aircraft Type:B747-41R From:London Heathrow To:San Francisco Date:18th July 2004
Well, here i was again, attempting to fly standby to LAX. However me and my two friends, James Rowson and Dale Coleman had been rejected from the previous days flights because they were full. We decided in the end to fly to SFO then get to LAX from there. I originally thought, hey, SFO to LAX its only what? a 4hr drive. Its nothing... Wasnt till I was 8hrs into the flight that the Purser onboard informed me that it was nearer to 6 or 7hours drive.
Oh well, on with the report It started on saturday the 17th...
After shooting some average heathrow traffic we then went down to see if we got on the flight VS07 which was a no... we then waited to see if we had gotten on the later flight... VS023 this again was a no.
James was tired
Dale didnt have time to be tired, all these BA 744's were too good to pass up!
So after wandering around for an hour or so trying other airlines we then went back home slightly dismayed but hopefull about sunday.
I expected to get booted from todays flights as well so we decided that our best chance would be to fly to San Francisco as there were seats available on this flight. The check in took forever and a day to complete and we ended up running to the gate making the flight late (Completly NOT our fault) and unfortunatly because of a mix up myself and james had been upgraded to Premium Economy but Dale was stuck back in economy but unfortunatly no more seats were left in PE. So with dale down the back, myself downstairs in 70F and James upstairs we were all seperated but atleast we were on the flight WOOOO HOOOOO!!!!!!
Here is the view from my seat (sorry about poor quality) anyone... "I'm a lady you see" hehe, Anyone guess what I was watching on V:port?
I managed to catch dale and james flirting with the hosties on board....
Dinner was served, for the life of me I cant remember what it was but it was nice and so was desert. I ended up flirting with the hosties for a little while and chilled...
Got some wicked photos as we flew over newfoundland and as we passed Gander I snapped this one...
These bloody flights just go on and on and on but I wasnt too bothered because the hosties onboard were FIT! I continued taking pictures all over the aircraft, trying all different angles and stuff with no real decent results
and then no sooner had I got out of my seat had dale sat in it enjoying luxury unbeknown to economy PAX. I am sure there are rules about allowing economy class passengers in premium. I didnt want to make much of a scene so I just sat on the jump seat and waited till the "Riff Raff" left and I sat back down.
As the flight Evolved we grew more and more tired... I drank one or two maybe even four vodkas to help me sleep, this didnt really work, so here I was, pretty tipsy, swaggering all over the cabin hehe, in a little bit of turbulence. I got collared by a hostie to help her prepare some drinks. I'm sure I was supposed to be a PAX on this flight. Oh well, I obliged and went back to my seat
not long after I had sat back in my seat, the captain was informing us that were were due to make our landing in KSFO so I had to take my seat and prepare for landing in 'Frisco... we had a Golden Gate Four arrival, not sure if we were in a synchronous pattern with any other aircraft but was a nice easy landing. Someone even managed to get a picture of it for me
OH-LGA From Denmark, joined Oct 1999, 1436 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 14475 times:
Very nice trip report!
I flew the same aircraft home from Heathrow on 23 August returning from a trip to Germany (intra-Europe segments on BA)...
and yeah, SFO-LAX driving is not as fast as you would wish. I-5 gets quite boring at times, but you could always veer off course and go visit Mojave on your way in That's why I fly it... but I do it standby too
Head in the clouds... yet feet planted firmly on the ground.
Aleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3235 posts, RR: 33
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14025 times:
Thank you for your answer.
Here, in Belgrade, both BA and VS are working hard to get as many passengers as they can for their North American flights. VS has a commercial agreement with JAT, while BA is offering a "full service" from Belgrade to one of their destinations in the US and Canada.
Personally, I would always choose VS, but, on the other hand, BA also sounds promising. Fortunately, I don't plan any such trip in near future but it's always good to know somebody else's opinion.